Papa John's apologizes for 'divisive' comments

From ESPN - November 14, 2017

NFL sponsor Papa John's apologized Tuesday, two weeks after its founder and CEO, John Schnatter, questioned league leadership for its handling of player protests during the national anthem.

In a series of Twitter posts, the official pizza company of the NFL reiterated that the business challenges related to the league did impact its own business, but the company backtracked on Schnatter's opinion at the time that player protests "should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago."

We believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players' movement to create a new platform for change.We also believe together, as Americans, we should honor our anthem. There is a way to do both. (2/3)

Papa John's Pizza (@PapaJohns) November 15, 2017

The company went on to tweet that it "will work with the players and league to find a positive way forward. Open to ideas from all."

The apology came two weeks after Schnatter, during an earnings call for the company, expressed disappointment about the league's ongoing player protests during the national anthem.


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